New COVID-19 strain: Nigerian doctor urges FG to place ban on UK flights
A popular UK-based Nigerian doctor known on Twitter as DrOlufunmilayo has cried out that there is a new, highly infectious strain of the COVID-19 reported in the United Kingdom while urging the Nigerian Government to place a flight ban from Britain.
@DrOlufunmilayo took to his Twitter account to tweet about this new strain of COVID-19 saying;
"There is a new mutated coronavirus that is just reported in London UK. It is described as "out of control" and "very infectious".
"France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Bulgaria have all banned flights from the UK over this. RT this for Nigerian Authorities".
Clacified had reported about European countries banning UK flights over this new COVID-19 strain spreading in the UK. The report added that the World Health Organisation also called for stronger measures to curb the spread of the virus.
@DrOlufunmilayo gave further insight into the new mutated coronavirus strain and added that the new variant has been spreading since September.
Last week, UK health officials felt they had gathered enough evidence to declare that this mutated disease more highly infectious than other coronaviruses circulating.
"This newly mutated variant of Coronavirus has spread quickly in London and south-east England.
"UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday had to introduce a new level of restrictions for those areas, telling Britons to scrap any planned Christmas festivities, travel or gatherings.
"9. am today, the UK recorded almost 36,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest ever daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK since the pandemic started.
"It is suspected that this new mutated virus strain may be responsible.
Take COVID-19 measures serious:
The news about the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, which is more infectious, is not a joke. The new COVID-19 variant was detected in September and, within a month, made up a quarter of cases in London.
"Public Health England said the variant has been circulating since September.
"But, it was this last week that UK officials felt they had enough scientific evidence to declare surely that it has higher transmissibility than other circulating coronaviruses", @DrOlufunmilayo tweeted.
The doctor asked that people retweet his post so that Nigerian Authorities can see it and act accordingly.